Monday, August 29, 2011

Goodbye, Irene

So.

It's been quite a weekend.  As most of you have heard, we had a lil' hurricane here on the East Coast.  

It got very windy here. Loads of rain.  On Sunday, we lost power around noon.  Cable and phone shortly after that.  All is well, no storm damage to the homestead.  Phew!

On Saturday, we started to batten down the hatches.  Handy Man turned on the generator to test it out.  The battery was low, so he fiddled with it and charged it up.

After we lost power on Sunday, he went to turn on the generator, and... it didn't start.  The battery didn't hold the charge.  Gaaaah!

Rob had to MacGuyver the thing, using the battery from his lawnmower and some extra wires.  Don't ask me how he did it, but it worked.
Nice mullet, MacGuyver

My MacGuyver.  Sans mullet.
Power came back on around 3:15 this afternoon.  The first day of school was supposed to be today, but it was cancelled.  The first day!!  Gah.  I'm tired.  The house is a mess.

Back to normal this week, I swear.  Watch for Wicked Awesome Wednesday, and a "house snooping" post on Friday. 

If you were in the hurricane's path, how did you fare?  Everyone OK?

13 comments:

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Glad to know that you are safe!
Take care.

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

Isn't it great to be married to a handyman?

Here in coastal NC we were prepared for high winds and lots of water, but the (river) water rose much higher than we anticipated. It measured over 2 feet in our garage. We had the lawnmower on sawhorses, but we put our pressure washer, power tools, paint sprayer, carpet shampooer, and other things in our van, and water got to them. We're shopping for a replacement vehicle.

Tradition here is to park your best car on high ground and take your chances with your back up vehicle. Some people put their riding mowers on the bridges!

We lost power for 2 days. There are trees down everywhere, and some neighbors have to move out of their homes while repairs are done. We were lucky.

Goodbye, good riddance, Irene. The only good is that the local economy gets a boost. People are working and spending money, hopefully money from the insurance companies.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

We are in the midwest, so no storm issues here... just a little prayer center for all of you bloggers on the East coast in the path.
So glad you are ok and way to go, MacGyver hubby!
xx
Alison

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

One piece of hurricane preparedness that I read before the storm hit was to be up to date with laundry and housecleaning, and I am so glad I did both. Since we had no power and were conserving water, starting out clean made a big difference.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Good advice! On Saturday, I did 2 loads of laundry, ran the dishwasher, and ran the vacuum! Still, today I had to do it all over again.

Tooki said...

Ooooh, long time no see (I mean McGyver) - never missed his show! Glad to know you are safe.

Irene Robertson said...

At some point, people will stop blaming me.

LOL!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

LOL, I thought of you, Irene, when I saw what they named the storm. :-) I think you are the only Irene I know! (well...I "know" you on the internet, lol. you know).

CAS said...

So glad you didn't suffer any damage.
:) CAS

Just One Donna said...

We just got our phone and internet back, so I'm a little late with a comment. No damage, just too long without phone and internet. I was surprised that our provider had such poor commuication. So much still to be learned about how to handle situations like Irene. Glad to hear you are well.

Tammy @ Type A said...

just wanted to give you the heads up, your guest post is due this weekend. thanks.

Andrea@ourbluefrontdoor said...

Good to hear you didn't have the damage or flooding. Still praying for many more out in your neck of the woods.
Hope you get some rest and the kids get to go back to school. Take care!

Megan said...

No more natural disasters! Swamp fire, earthquake, hurricane; I am over you!

Sorry 'bout the first day of school. I too am hoping to get back into some kind of blogging routine when school starts.

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